IRAN: Faster than Camels

Poolad Gurd is 8 ft. 2 in. tall, and his feet are so long (22 in.) that he can find no shoes to fit them. He protects them instead with pieces of automobile tires. The rest of Poolad, an unlettered peasant from Persian Baluchistan, matches his feet. "When I was 15," he told a reporter, "I was a mighty man already. I could race the camels and pass them. Once I lifted a thousand pounds of wheat sacks." All his might, however, has brought Poolad little happiness. "Sometimes," he says, "you wish you were not tall. A man should...

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